There is massive confusion surrounding the word arthritis. In the world of the medical model it is seen as a slowly progressing degenerative, non-reversible and debilitating condition causing severe suffering in those afflicted with it. As part of the misunderstanding, it is thought that beyond your bodies joints, what you do in other areas of your health has nothing to do with arthritis. FALSE! How your spine is aligned, what you eat, how much stress you carry, exercise and your posture all play critical rolls in pushing or preventing degeneration.
That’s right, just like everything else, when it comes to your health, what building blocks (food) you put into your body can make you healthy or sick. Choosing whether to take stress in, or to see everyday as a blessing can make you healthy or sick. Moving and training your body can make you healthy, if you do it, or sick if you don’t. Choosing to stay positioned upright, or being a slouch . . . can make you healthy or sick! Are you getting this? Let it sink in! You control your future and your health! Just last week a gentleman started care. He uses a cane, is an advanced phase 3 of spinal (arthritic) degeneration and is losing power to his legs. This week he convinced himself that because he didn’t have a lot of pain that he didn’t need care, so he stopped! It’s crazy, I know! It does not make sense. Our mission is to set people free to live the abundant life, but to quote Dr. Gonstead, “you gotta wanna!”
It is Dr. Gonstead’s work that allows us to be exceptional at what we do, correcting spinal misalignments specifically. No other chiropractic technique is so intent on specifically moving one vertebra into exactly the position it needs to move to correct the misalignment.
Misaligned vertebrae = Arthritic damage accumulates
Fully aligned vertebre = 80-120 years with little to no arthritic damage
Arthritis is not because of age – many suffer arthritis in one knee (or hip, or shoulder, or wrist, etc.) and blame it on age. The other knee, hip, shoulder, wrist is exactly the same age!! Same thing happens in the spine – a disc may be in a phase 3 of damage and the one above and below it can be normal and healthy – again, same age! Without a doubt arthritis requires time to happen, so the longer the misalignment has been around, the more damage it causes, but it is not the cause.
GOOD NEWS! Arthritis can be avoided and not only that, it can be corrected. It doesn’t need to progress and you don’t have to keep it for the rest of your life. Corrective chiropractic care, building up joint muscles, and getting nutritional necessities can actually reverse arthritis. The major key is to keep the body in the proper alignment so that excess wear and tear doesn’t happen. The only thing that will do that is regular, specific, scientific chiropractic adjustments.